Porn cover-up scandal claims top UK MP Damian Green

He was investigated after pornography was found on his computer.
He was investigated after pornography was found on his computer. Photo credit: Getty

UK Conservative MP Damian Green has been forced to resign as Prime Minister Theresa May's effective deputy over a pornography scandal.

The First Secretary of State was being investigated after pornography was found on his computer, and the Cabinet Office found he had had made misleading statements.

The inquiry found he knew material had been discovered by police in 2008. However Mr Green told the public and MPs he hadn't been informed by police that pornography had been found.

"Mr Green's statements of 4 and 11 November, which suggested that he was not aware that indecent material was found on parliamentary computers in his office, were inaccurate and misleading," a draft of the report obtained by the Telegraph stated.

"The Metropolitan Police Service had previously informed him of the existence of this material.

"These statements therefore fall short of the honesty requirement of the Seven Principles of Public Life and constitute breaches of the Ministerial Code. Mr Green accepts this."

Mr Green has apologised for his "misleading" statements in his letter of resignation, but also denied he downloaded the material.

"I accept that I should have been clear in my press statements that police lawyers talked to my lawyers in 2008 about the pornography on the computers, and that the police raised it with me in a subsequent phone call in 2013," he wrote.

"I apologise that my statements were misleading on this point."

Ms May accepted the findings of the investigation, and told Mr Green to leave his position.

"While I can understand the considerable distress caused to you by some of the allegations which have been made in recent weeks, I know that you share my commitment to maintaining the high standards which the public demands of ministers of the Crown," she wrote in a letter published in the Guardian.

"It is therefore with deep regret, and enduring gratitude for the contribution you have made over many years, that I asked you to resign from the government and have accepted your resignation."

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